I don’t know about you, but two thousand and seventeen is giving us the green light to start sharing with you our staff picks. Truth is, this task has given us hard times trying to decide. It’s in our DNA to show some love to those artists we listen to, no matter if they’re fresh out of the oven or big fish in the music industry. Thinking of a place? No matter if those artists come from New York or Tokyo, we have love galore for them all! Sharing with our community those artists that got us screaming on top of our lungs is not a liability, maybe un desafío (oops, sorry, a challenge). I’ll move aside from the frontline now and stop with the pure comedy.
I’m an album person first and foremost, so I don’t tend to collect singles so much. If a track catches my attention, I listen to the album to see if the rest of it holds up. One great example of that for me this year was “Cumberland Gap,” off of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit‘s “The Nashville Sound“. I often like Isbell’s more melancholy tracks better – but this one exploded off the record and grabbed me by the throat.
– Josh, Community Success Manager
This year, I was lucky to have the opportunity to travel for Discogs in support of our Crate Diggers series. This means long days of record hunting followed by non-stop dance party action. Okay, it’s a dream come true! Still, the non-stop pace and jet lag can get to even the most seasoned partiers. That’s why I relied on the House Of Feelings track, “It’ll Cost You” from their 2017 EP, Last Chance. When you are feeling exhausted, listen to this track. You will magically get a second wind. Trust me!
– Tasha, Community Success Manager
Not that I have listened to this song repeatedly (I actually did), but the melody of Four Tet‘s “Two Thousand and Seventeen” is so beautiful! This song reflects the whole idea of the album: show some love to life and today’s world because it is needed in these dark times. While this song might feel somehow sentimental, it is still wonderful and delightful.
– Esther, Community Success Coordinator
Leaving aside how incredibly perfect Alvvays‘ “In Undertow” is melodically, the lyrics feel outstandingly addictive with many narrative turns that always (alvvays? lol) get to the same sad conclusion: our relationship is dead. But they express it graciously with lines like ‘What’s left for you and me? I ask that question rhetorically’ that just makes heartbreak feel (a little bit) less devastating.
– Javi, Content Marketing and Social Media Specialist
– Karl, Developer
So I took some time and wrote something here about Kendrick Lamar’s “FEEL.”, one of my favourite tracks off “DAMN.“, and was feeling pretty good about my choice for track of the year. Then a few hours later, I put on LCD Soundsystem’s “American Dream” and halfway into the album, I realized I was going to have to do a total rewrite. Even having listened to the album a dozen times now, “How Do You Sleep?” still gives me chills. Only James Murphy really knows the true significance of the song, but taking the title from John Lennon’s musical attack on Paul McCartney is already a bold statement, along with so many of the cutting lyrics in this track. At nearly 10 minutes long, Murphy takes the time to get his message across, and the track itself is an epic slow-builder. I’m a sucker for songs that start quiet and end big, and this one goes all out on both ends. Even without knowing much behind his feud with Tim Goldsworthy, the explosive and raw emotions of Murphy shine through this track and leave me both in awe and rocking out every time. Sorry Kendrick, but “How Do You Sleep?” is undoubtedly my top track of 2017.
– David, Community Success Lead
When the flowers grow
They lift their heads up to the glow
And find a way to make things okay
Talking about flowers in your songs? Yes, that is definitely how you can win my heart (and ears). Add a good tune to it and you have me! I am going for “New Day” from Ásgeir‘s album ‘Afterglow‘ here – still waiting for this to come out in Icelandinc, something like þegar blómin vaxa, right? ;-)
– Barbara, Community Success Coordinator
This is a amazing jam session by the 2 young talented artists! I listened this without any info at first and didn’t know that this was a jam session recording. Then, when I checked the MV of this jam session, it blew my mind! I really like how they improvise and enjoy their music. This official release is a different edit from the original jam session take but still great!
– Hiro, Regional Community Marketing Lead
I’ll pick a single from Gary Numan‘s “Savage: Songs From A Broken World“: ‘My Name Is Ruin‘. That whole album got me hooked from the first second. It sounds powerful and fragile, gloomy and uplifting, hopeless and hopeful at the same time: an intruiging combination.
– Lilian, Regional Community Marketing Lead
My favorite track of the year has been going around for the whole summer before seeing a vinyl release : it is a collaboration between Dimitri From Paris, who acted as Chef d’orchestre and Cotonete, french jazz funk band with an island touch. The song is called ‘Paribbean Disco‘ and builds up for 9 minutes with crazy arrangements.
– Clim, Customer Success Coordinator
I’ve been a fan of Chelsea Wolfe since ‘Abyss‘ where she started incorporating heavy elements into her dark folk. Her last two records have some great production and I think her voice really compliments the style. Her latest release, ‘Hiss Spun‘, has a track called “Particle Flux” on it that hits the spot. A driving beat with a simple melody that softly moans like a cold wind through a dark forest. The band put on a great live show when they came through, but she had stiff competition this year.
– Jon S, Systems Engineer
Chef’Special – “Into the Future” is my most favorite track of the year. I really like all the songs on ‘Amigo‘. I listen to this song when going to a beach, biking or riding on a train in Tokyo. Just reminiscing all the memories from my favorite city Amsterdam where I lived until the early spring this year. I like Chef’Special especially listening at gigs. This song may give the catchy song impression, but I hope people listen to the whole tracks on the album. They are talented and one of the kind. It will change your first impression for sure.
– Miki, Community Success Lead
Cheer-Accident – “Wishful Breathing” I spent alot of time this year driving around the back roads of the Pacific Northwest totally wired on too much caffeine. This track reminds me of driving down winding forest roads in the early morning mist. I really like Thymme Jones’s approach to rhythm and layers, reminds me of Can‘s ‘Future Days‘ set in the 21st century.
– Andy, Developer
– Stacey, Developer